Word of Encouragement Worship Devotions

Answers from the whirlwind

"Who has preceded Me that I should repay him? Everything under heaven is Mine." ~Job 41:11

When God has questions for you, everything changes. The easy thing for most Christians to do is to run to God for answers, and He is faithful to send answers according to His will. (Philippians 2:13) But it’s a difficult thing to be questioned by God and have Him demand the answers. In fact, if you have gotten God’s attention to the point where He turns and has questions for you, He already knows they are well beyond your ability to answer. But He has a point to make. Understandably, Job had a number of questions, complaints and demands he launched at God. Job had experienced the absolute worst aspects of life any human could have. We are no different today. We experience trauma and turn to demand answers from God all the time and then scream and cry when it feels like He stays silent. (Just me?!)

We cry out to God for answers and when He does speak, many miss the sound of His voice because we cannot distinguish His voice over the sounds of the storms raging around us.

God observed all of Job’s rage from His throne in heaven and then spoke “out of the whirlwind” (Job 40:6) with His some questions of His own. Here’s the thing about when God speaks in the whirlwind: You really have to be listening in order to hear Him. A “whirlwind” in the Bible is a hurricane. Have you ever had a hurricane hit you in your life? We cry out to God for answers and when He does speak, many miss the sound of His voice because we cannot distinguish His voice over the sounds of the storms raging around us. Do you realize that when God spoke to Job, it was during a hurricane? Who can possibly hear someone speak while hurricane, gale-force winds are screaming and raging? Answer: Someone who truly knows God’s voice.

Will he who argues with the Almighty instruct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it,” the Lord said. (Job 40:2) “Who has preceded Me that I should repay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.” (Job 41:11) God doesn’t owe you anything. Everything that He does is out of pure love and He is always speaking. The real question is this: Can you hear Him above the noise of your hurricane? The best way to discern the voice of the Lord is to be close enough to hear it, in spite of the storms. Worship is what brings you the closest to God that you can be because when you minister to Him, you enter into the place of His dwelling. (Psalm 22:3) Worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24) is the weapon of warfare that is forged through ministry to the Lord from your spirit, based on the power of His own Word. We all face the destructive power of hurricanes in our lives and sometimes wonder where God is as the winds blow, the waters rage and threaten to overwhelm us – He is there, within the storm and He has something to speak to you!

Thought for today

God is always speaking, but you may not receive the answers you were hoping for. In fact, God’s answer maybe come in the form of a question, and He may speak from within the noise of a hurricane in your life, but if you have ears to hear and a heart to understand (Matthew 13:16-17) then whatever it is that God needs to speak – either a question or an answer (or a question that is the answer!) it will be exactly what you need. He is worthy, matchless, holy and perfect in all of His ways! Worship Him. Minister to Him and draw closer to the sound of His voice. He has important questions for you and through them you will see His power on display – within the storm, and within your life – and you will not be the same when He speaks.

Continue on with me this week as we explore the unquestionable greatness of our God!

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